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Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Project Share

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Project Share with Authentique Stitches

Hello, Friends!  Every once in a while I come across a paper collection that is like a page from my childhood.  Authentique Paper’s new Stitches collection has captured my heart.  I spent a couple of blissful days creating this Stitched with Love  Sewing Themed Flip Folio.  While I worked, I remembered my mom, who loved to sew.  She put her whole heart and soul into everything she stitched.  And this flip folio is stitched with love, too.

Stitched with Love Flip Folio Stitches by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 1

As a girl, I spent hours curled up in a chair beside my dear mom as she sewed. She was an absolute fiend on that ancient White sewing machine.  Everything Mom did was fast.  Her fingers were fast, the needle flew in and out of the fabric at lightning speed.  She ironed seams lickety split. She pinned and unpinned so fast that her fingers were a blur.  The hum of the motor, the clacking of the needle, Mom humming a tune with straight pins in the corner of her mouth…this was the music of my childhood.  I think my love for, texture, color, pattern and design was born during those happy hours watching Mom sew.

This sweetly vintage folio measures 7.25″ x 5.25″ with a 1/2″ spine. If you’re in a hurry today, you can skip down to the bottom of this post where I share a YouTube video walk through of the album.

To create the collage on the folio cover, I fussy cut images from Stitches One.  A wood doily and a die cut circle add a nice geometric element to the design.

Lots of soft colored little posies, trinkets from my stash and die cut leaves play nicely with vintage buttons.  I’ve had this miniature sewing machine in my stash for ages.  Now it has a happy new home.

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio: A Fortified Binding

I covered the cardstock folio base with designer papers from the Stitches collection.  To ensure  that the spine will hold up well, I reinforced it with a strip of Authentique Spectrum Cardstock.  This color is called Antique Lace.  To add this to the album, follow these easy steps:

  • Cut a 4″ x 5.25″ rectangle of  Old Lace Spectrum Artisan Cardstock
  • Then find the center point, which is 2″
  • Measure out 1/4″ on each side of the center point and score a line.
  • Now fold on the score lines
  • Apply adhesive, making sure that you get into the folded areas.
  • Finally, line the reinforcement spine up with the folio spine and press in place.  You can use a bone folder to really make sure it is adhered.

I also cut the cute eyelet lace border and lacing border from Antique Lace Cardstock.  I threaded a 3/8″ strip of paper through the lacing border, and then glued the two borders together on the front cover.  On the back cover, I only used the eyelet border.

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio: A Peek Inside

There are lots of great places to tuck in photos.  I think this little flip folio would make a great photo album for seamstresses, quilters, and mom, too.  It would be a great way to house heritage photos.

Inside the front cover, I created a pocket with two companion photo folios tucked inside.  Each little folio measures 3.25″ x 4.5″ and has a magnetic flap closure.

Flaps and pockets go together like needles and thread!  These flaps will hold a 5″ x 5″ photo. You can always tuck more in the pocket along with these darling journal cards from the cut apart page.

The center page of this folio features a lovely flip element.  The facing page is another little photo folio.  This one is attached to the page.

I love, love, love the journal cards in this collection! This page flips down to reveal two more photo mounts.

The pages in the center panel were created with Tammy Tutterow’s “Posies and Pennies” Die from her new Sew Sweet Collection by Spellbinders.

This flap page is actually an altered envelope!

And it holds these darling button cards made with images from the cut apart page.

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Project Share on YouTube

Because it’s so much easier to see how one of these little folios works, I’ve created a short video project share for you today.  I hope you enjoy!

Stitches Home Decor Project

Since I already had all my paper pretties out on my work surface, I went ahead and put together this darling 8″ x 10″ altered frame.  I thought you might enjoy making one, too, so I put together a quick SnapGuide tutorial for you.  You are not going to believe how easy it is to create the crackle finish on this frame!

You’ll find the step out photos, directions and a supply list in the Snapguide below.

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Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor

Hello, Friends!  Do you have a happy place?  My happy place is the beach.  Nothing relaxes and renews better than a stroll in the sand with the waves nipping my toes and the salt air ruffling my hair.  That’s the best!  Sadly, I can’t be at the beach every day.  So, I’ve decorated my home with lots of beach accents to remind me of my happy place at the shore.  This Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor piece is one of my new favorites.

I absolutely love the size of this Graphic 45 Staples Window Box.  Each recessed window is 4″ square, which gives you lots of room to create pretty scenes inside.   The edges are already lightly distressed, so you can literally “glue and go” with this beauty!  if you’ve never worked with a G45 Window box before, here are a few helpful tips to get you started:

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor: Tips and Tricks

TIPS:

  • It’s quick and easy to cut the signature page to fit the back of the Window Box.  Measure your paper to 9.75” square, and it should pop right into the recessed area on the back of the frame.
  • Cut the pieces to line the interior of the box at the same time.  I cut sixteen 1 ⅝” x 3 ⅞” rectangles of the striped paper. Then I inked the edges with G45 Decades Bon Voyage Blue Ink before gluing into the openings.  
  • Cut a thin border strip to cover the cross pieces inside the Window Box.

  • Give your Window Box a beachy feel by stringing a little banner from corner to corner in one of the windows.

  • Fill individual frames with fussy cut images, real sea shells, sand, and a little glass vial.  
More Tips and Tricks

  • To add extra dimension to your project, glue fussy cut images to the sides of the frame at staggered depths.  Or, create a little pop up mechanism and attach the fussy cut turtles to the back of the window.

  •  Turn a Shabby Chic Door Pull upside down and fill with seaweed (I picked mine up on the beach and dried it) and a miniature sand dollar.

  •  Add depth, color and dimension to the sides of your window box with fussy cut flowers and images.
  • Back fussy cut items with waste chipboard to lend them strength and stability.  The title is popped up on waste chipboard as well.
  • Create custom “feet” for your window shadow box by wrapping large wooden bingo chips with a border strip from the collection.  Adding just that little bit of extra height to the design makes all the difference.
Sun Kissed is back in stock!

This  long, dreary winter has certainly dragged on and on, but having this cheery beach decor reminds me that summer will be here soon.  Now that Graphic 45 has the Sun Kissed Collection back in stock, I can make lots of cards, albums and home decor to tide me over until I can dig my toes into the sand and put some shells in my pocket!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share

Thinking Spring: Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share

Hello, Friends!  Old Man Winter just seems to be hanging on for dear life. I’ve been making my own springtime in my studio with pretty papers and flowers and ribbons!  This Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial is a really quick and easy card design.  Build the base with just two simple straight cuts and one simple fold.  The end result  looks so amazing, everyone will think you are a card making genius!

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

These are the cards we will be making today.  Aren’t they darling?  Each top fold card measures 7″ x 5″.   I love the fact that the center step easel design makes it very easy to set these cards out for display.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 02If you haven’t seen Authentique’s Jubilee collection yet, you are in for a real treat.  This whimsical spring collection has a strong vintage vibe with a dash of Authentique’s signature charm and humor.  The patterned papers are just stunning, as you can see in this sweet card.

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I really appreciate the fact that there are images and patterns that are not strictly for Easter.  This beautiful 3″ x 4″ image from the cut apart page lends itself to any occasion.  I just love a versatile paper collection, don’t you?

Other Fun Projects: Eileen Hull Trinket Box Home Decor Piece

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Once I opened this beautiful paper collection up, I simply could not stop playing with it.  It’s always fun to add a little fresh home decor to welcome springtime.  So I pulled out my Eileen Hull Trinket Box Die to create this dimensional vignette.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 05The cavity of the trinket box is lined with more gorgeous papers and images from the Jubilee Collection Kit.  I also altered a Tim Holtz Idea-Ology trophy with gesso, embossing powder and paint to create this flower urn inside the box.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 06I found this darling chipboard bunny in my stash.  He looks quite dapper on the front of the trinket box.  He’s complemented with a little wooden Easter Egg, a twine bow and some sweet Petaloo Flowers.  (Sadly, Petaloo flowers are hard to find these days, but you can still find a few HERE.)

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 07This cute dimensional box is attached to an altered spool.  Beautiful Spring Ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon form the tie closure on the box.  (You will find a supply list at the end of this post.)

Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share: One More Bunny Card

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I had one more fun idea for a Jubilee Easter card.  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card base has a 1/2″ spine and a hidden tag pocket on the front.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 10

I fussy cut the banner and floral cluster from the top corner of Jubilee Two. Then I cut out a 4 7/8″ x 6 7’8″ panel with the bunny image from the same sheet of paper.  After stitching, inking and distressing the paper edges, I rolled the top left hand corner around a pencil to create a scroll.  Next I backed my card base with a complementary paper and glued the two layers together, leaving a gap in the top left corner for a tag.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 11

This is the tag that pulls out of the card front.  Fun, right?

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 12I also painted some Prima Resin eggs with watered down Distress Paint.  Then I glued them into a “nest” made from burlap string.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 13The inside of the card has 2 pockets filled with Easter treats.

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Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 15

I could have kept right on playing with this delightful collection, but I had to go start dinner.

Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share on YouTube

I thought you’d like to learn how to make a center step easel card, so I stole a few more minutes from my schedule and made you this YouTube tutorial.  It starts with a project share of all the paper pretties I’ve featured here, then moves into a full tutorial for the center step easel card.  I hope you enjoy!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas today that you can incorporate into your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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There is Nothing Like a Dame: Easel Cards Tutorials

Authentique Dame Easel Cards Tutorials: There is Nothing Like a Dame!

Hello, Friends! Several of you have contacted me, asking for an easel card tutorial.  Well, today is your lucky day, because I have not one, but two Authentique Dame Easel Cards Tutorials to prepared for you.

I’ll also introduce you to the scrumptious patterns, colors and images in this lovely springtime collection.  The easel cards we will make together can easily be used as home decor.  Can I just say up front, there is nothing like a Dame!  Just wait until you see how drop dead gorgeous these papers are!

Authentique Dame Easel Cards Tutorials #1: Beautiful Dame Twisted Easel Card

Authentique Dame Easel Cards Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 1

See? I told you this collection was gorgeous!  This is a 6″ x 6″ Twisted Easel Card.   It looks complicated, doesn’t it?  But the truth of the matter is that you can make this splashy card with two simple score lines!  How great is that?

Authentique Dame Easel Cards Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 2

Like all easel cards, this one folds (sort of) flat for mailing.  I created the card with a 1/2″ spine to help it close over the dimensional interior.

Authentique Dame Easel Cards Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 3

This style of easel card really works well for home decor and display.

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This dimensional “stopper” allows the folded base to stand upright.  These gorgeous roses are Little Birdie Crafts Rosalind Candy Assortment.  I tossed in some of my homemade Prills to add extra texture to the flower cluster.

Authentique Dame Easel Cards Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 5As always, I decorated the interior of the card.

Authentique Dame Easel Cards Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 6I even added a little gift card pocket.

Authentique Dame Easel Cards Tutorials: How to Create a Twisted Easel Card Base

If you’re ready to learn how to make this fun twisted easel card base, just click on the video!

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Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor: Lucky Banner and Wallhangings

Hello, Friends!  Do you decorate your home for Saint Patrick’s Day?  My grandgirls loooove the holiday, because each year a “leprechaun” visits them and commits all kinds of shenanigans!  These Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor ideas should add to the fun.

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor: Lucky Banner

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick's Day Home Decor by Kathy Clement Photo 1

Banners are such a fun way to decorate your home for the holidays.  They are festive, fun to display and pretty easy to make, too.  This Lucky Banner is made with Authentique’s Shamrock paper collection and Emerald Collection Stickers.  It measures about 3 feet from end to end.  Isn’t it just gloriously green?

While I love to make banners, they are so hard to photograph.  I made a super short video so that you can see the details better.

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick's Day Home Decor by Kathy Clement Photo 2

Look at that dapper Leprechaun!  The large pennants are 3.5″ wide x 4.5″ tall.  There are 3 of these, interspersed with smaller 2″ x 3″ pennants.

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I used a banner die to cut dark green cardstock.  Next, I matted the die cut pennant on a larger piece of lighter green cardstock.  Then I hand cut the patterned papers to fit the pennant base. Finally, I stitched the focal image to the pennant on my sewing machine.  To embellish, I used hand made rosettes, vintage buttons, white paper flowers and ivory burlap string.  The pennants are attached to the ribbon with mini clothespins.

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I’ve added sentiment stickers and metal keys.

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These small banner sentiments and images are from the sticker sheet.  Aren’t they great?

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Banners are always a great way to decorate!

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor: Irish Lass and Irish Lad Shaped Wall Hangings

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While you are decorating, why not add some smaller wall hangings to the mix?  These 6″ x 6″ shaped chipboard cards are made with retired Crafty Secrets Sweet Chips.  I did a quick internet search for them, and found you can still get them on EBay.  You might also be able to find a similar SVG cut file online as well.

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick's Day Home Decor by Kathy Clement Photo 10I’ve suspended the cards from a small vintage style wire hanger for easy display.  Lace, vintage buttons, Little Birdie Renae flowers and collection stickers have this card ready to River Dance!

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick's Day Home Decor by Kathy Clement Photo 11 The pockets are filled with little tags and stickers from the collection.  Detach the mini hanger to open the card.

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick's Day Home Decor by Kathy Clement Photo 12

I love the sentiments in this collection!

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To make this mini file folder, I added the sticker to a piece of cardstock that was twice its height.  Then I trimmed around it and added papers  to the inside.  This would be a great place for the leprechauns to leave a little treat!

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Of course, I had to make one for an Irish Lad, too!

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These cards take “the wearin’ of the green” to a whole new level!

As always, these items are available for purchase in my ETSY shop.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that will help you get ready for Saint Patrick’s Day.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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